Just in Time for the Holidays, Star Wars Launch Bay, Hyperspace Mountain, Star Wars Characters and More Debut at Disneyland Park

STAR WARS SEASON OF THE FORCE AT DISNEYLAND PARK -- As the Force awakens at the Disneyland Resort, Star Wars Season of the Force brings exciting new experiences to Disneyland Park to celebrate all things Star Wars. Season of the Force in Tomorrowland entertains fans of the famous film saga and guests looking forward to the future Star Wars-themed land. Among the elements entering this galaxy are Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive space in the newly named Tomorrowland Expo Center; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; a new adventure in Star Tours Ð The Adventures Continue, and the reimagined attraction, Hyperspace Mountain. Opening Dec. 8, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple enhances this popular show with new characters and a new villain. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) -
STAR WARS SEASON OF THE FORCE AT DISNEYLAND PARK — As the Force awakens at the Disneyland Resort, Star Wars Season of the Force brings exciting new experiences to Disneyland Park to celebrate all things Star Wars. Season of the Force in Tomorrowland entertains fans of the famous film saga and guests looking forward to the future Star Wars-themed land. Among the elements entering this galaxy are Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive space in the newly named Tomorrowland Expo Center; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; a new adventure in Star Tours Ð The Adventures Continue, and the reimagined attraction, Hyperspace Mountain. Opening Dec. 8, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple enhances this popular show with new characters and a new villain. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) -
STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY — In the heart of Tomorrowland, Star Wars Launch Bay is the central locale for guests to celebrate all things Star Wars. Disneyland park guests are welcomed to this multi-sensory space with the iconic phrase, ÒA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.ÉÓ Once inside, they may encounter beloved Star Wars characters, play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, step into a Star Wars-themed cantina, and have access to Star Wars merchandise. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY — In the heart of Tomorrowland, Star Wars Launch Bay is the central locale for guests to celebrate all things Star Wars. Disneyland park guests are welcomed to this multi-sensory space with the iconic phrase, ÒA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.ÉÓ Once inside, they may encounter beloved Star Wars characters, play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, step into a Star Wars-themed cantina, and have access to Star Wars merchandise. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)ANAHEIM, Calif. – As the Force awakens at the Disneyland Resortdebuts Nov. 16, bringing exciting new experiences to Disneyland Park to celebrate all things . Adding to the annual Holidays season and the dazzling 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, Season of the Force in Tomorrowland will entertain fans of the famous film saga and guests looking forward to the future -themed land.

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. – As the Force awakens at the Disneyland ResortStar Wars Season of the Force debuts Nov. 16, bringing exciting new experiences to Disneyland Park to celebrate all things Star Wars. Adding to the annual Holidays season and the dazzling 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, Season of the Force in Tomorrowland will entertain fans of the famous film saga and guests looking forward to the future Star Wars-themed land.

Among the elements entering this galaxy are Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive space in the newly named Tomorrowland Expo Center; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; a new adventure in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and the reimagined attraction, Hyperspace Mountain. Opening Dec. 8, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple enhances this popular show with new characters and a new villain.

To further immerse guests in the saga, Star Wars-themed décor will celebrate iconic characters and moments from the films, and Star Wars-inspired food and beverage will be available.

Season of the Force arrives just in time for the holidays, giving guests in Tomorrowland a glimpse into the world of the upcoming film, Star WarsThe Force Awakens, which is scheduled to premiere Dec. 18, 2015. The Holiday season at the Disneyland Resort runs from Nov. 13, 2015 through Jan. 6, 2016.

The new Season of the Force Star Wars experiences include:

Star Wars Launch Bay: In the heart of Tomorrowland, Star Wars Launch Bay is the central locale for guests to celebrate all things Star Wars. Guests will be welcomed to this multi-sensory space with the iconic phrase, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.…” Once inside, they may encounter beloved Star Wars characters, play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, step into a Star Wars-themed cantina, and have access to Star Wars merchandise.

  • Special Character Encounters – After entering a themed atrium with authentic replicas of Star Wars props, guests may Journey to the dark side and come face to face with Darth Vader, or they may choose the light side by stopping in at a makeshift Rebel base to meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.
  • Launch Bay Theater – Guests will hear directly from the creative minds behind the Star Wars saga in a short video that includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers and other key crew members who continue to bring the saga to life.
  • The Cantina – This setting, inspired by the unsavory “hives of scum and villainy” in the Star Wars galaxy, is a fun place to explore and take photos near elements of the cantina, such as a holochess game table.
  • Star Wars Game Center – Guests will play the latest and greatest video games, including Disney Infinity 3.0 with park-exclusive Toy Box levels.
  • Themed Galleries – Special galleries will be located throughout Star Wars Launch Bay.
    • The Dark Side Gallery features pieces of Stormtrooper armor and Sith lightsabers.
    • The Light Side Gallery displays rebel flight helmets and Jedi lightsabers.
    • Authentic replicas of props and costumes from both the light and dark sides of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will appear in the Preview Gallery.
    • Models of famous starships and their pilots will be on display in the Starship Gallery.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay Cargo – Guests may bring home high-end artifacts and treasures, including signed memorabilia, studio models and personalized D-Tech on Demand mobile device cases.

Star Wars: Path of The JediIn the Tomorrowland Theater, guests will relive stories from the Star Wars saga – or discover them for the first time – in this short film compilation. “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” connects iconic scenes from the films in fun new ways, following the journey of Luke Skywalker. It includes moments from the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: Fans of this popular attraction will experience journeys involving new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours takes guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they interact with characters from throughout the saga. And it is all in 3D. With an eye-popping digital presentation leveraging Dolby 3D to deliver a vivid and realistic experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests are immersed in the Star Wars galaxy like never before on a theme park attraction.

Jedi Training: Trials of the TempleThis popular interactive show is being reimagined, and a new version will open in Tomorrowland Dec. 8 with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor, a new villain from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

Hyperspace Mountain:  The classic Space Mountain attraction is reimagined as Hyperspace Mountain, thrusting guests into the darkness for an action-packed battle between Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters. A new soundtrack, inspired by the films’ musical themes, adds to the thrills.

Stormtrooper Patrols: In Tomorrowland, guests may to come face to face with First Order stormtroopers who will patrol the area near Star Wars Launch Bay and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Galactic FoodGuests will experience Star Wars through their palates, as well, with tasty food and beverages inspired by a galaxy far, far away. The Galactic Grill, in the Tomorrowland Terrace location, will feature a dark side and a light side menu, and Pizza Port will offer new Star Wars-inspired menu items.

Season of the Force at Disneyland, along with Season of the Force experiences at Walt Disney World Resort in December and January, will further expand the Star Wars presence at both resorts ahead of the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Also at the Disneyland Resort, guests continue to enjoy the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, with sparkling décor in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, plus a dazzling array of after-dark shows, all of which are presented nightly. In Disneyland, “Paint the Night – All-New Electrical Parade” creates a river of color down Main Street, U.S.A., with spectacular special effects, sensational floats, energetic performances and unforgettable music. The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show in Disneyland lights up the resort with dynamic pyrotechnics and magical projections that surround the audience. In Disney California Adventure Park, the magical water, film and special effects presentation “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” pays a fun, surprise-filled tribute to Walt Disney, whose fertile imagination led to the creation of Disneyland.

For more information about the Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com or visit www.DisneyParksBlog.com. These sites are updated regularly.

About the Disneyland Resort The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and the reimagined Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

Disneyland Kicks off the Holiday Season with Disney magic and fun.

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Disneyland's 'Small World' rings in the holidays. The Holiday season kicked off on Friday, November 13 in tandem with Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration.
Disneyland’s ‘Small World’ rings in the holidays. The Holiday season kicked off on Friday, November 13 in tandem with Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration.  Photos by Margie Anne Clark/Los Angeles Life and Style, City Life Communications

Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland kicked off the holiday season on Friday, November 13, all decked out in celebration of the holidays.

To add to the excitement, the park is still celebrating its 60th Diamond Anniversary with fun parades and pretty decorations.

The Haunted Mansion got into the spirit, pun intended, with a fun elaboration of "The Nightmare Before Christmas theme.
The Haunted Mansion got into the spirit, pun intended, with a fun elaboration of “The Nightmare Before Christmas theme. Photo by Margie Anne Clark

 

Pantages Theatre in Hollywood Presents The international Irish dance phenomenon returns by popular demand with RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. December 1- December 6

The international Irish dance phenomenon returns by popular demand with RIVERDANCE - The 20th Anniversary World Tour will open at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Dec. 1 and will run through Dec. 6.
The international Irish dance phenomenon returns by popular demand with RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will open at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Dec. 1 and will run through Dec. 6.

RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour

December 1 – December 6, 2015
Recommended for Ages 5 and Up. In consideration of audiences, no one under 5 admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket.

The international Irish dance phenomenon returns by popular demand with RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. The production, which is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, is currently celebrating a sold out, critically-acclaimed run across Europe and Asia and will arrive in North America in Fall 2015.

RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures.

Harry Potter Icon, Daniel Radcliffe to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Daniel Radcliffe will be honored with the 2,565th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, November 12th at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated in front of The Dolby Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard. “Fans of all ages have been waiting in anticipation of Daniel’s star ceremony. They are constantly asking when it will happen. Finally, we have him here in Hollywood, and we are proud to dedicate his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Chris Columbus and Chris Hardwick.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Daniel Radcliffe with Walk of Fame Star

Daniel Radcliffe was born in London, England and began his career at age nine as the young David Copperfield in the BBC/PBS presentation of the classic Charles Dickens novel.

Radcliffe’s current film is the 20th Century Fox thrilling adventure “Victor Frankenstein” which will be released worldwide on November 25th. His next feature is “Now You See Me: The Second Act” in June 2016 for Lionsgate. This year he wrapped two independent films, “Swiss Army Man” and “Imperium.” He was most recently seen in the BBC telefilm “The Gamechangers.” In 2014, he starred in the horror-thriller “Horns,” and the romantic comedy “What If.” His other films include Sony Pictures Classics’ “Kill Your Darlings,” He starred last year as Billy in  Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” The play made its way to Broadway from London’s West End, where it debuted in 2013.

Since completing the final installment in the series of eight “Harry Potter” films in 2010, Radcliffe has become a diverse and acclaimed talent. In 2011, he starred in a ten-month sell-out run of the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” In 2012, Radcliffe starred in “The Woman in Black,” which has become the most successful British horror film of all time. In 2013, Ovation aired Radcliffe’s four-part TV mini-series, “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a wildly original comedy drama based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. Radcliffe portrayed the younger doctor, who has exchanges with his older self, played by Jon Hamm. Season two aired in 2014.

In 2012, Radcliffe hosted “Saturday Night Live” and was voted “Entertainer of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, as the most talented and original performer of 2011. He also won two Teen Choice Awards and a Scream Award, as well as two nominations for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Movie Star Under 25.

Radcliffe starred as Alan Strang, in both the 2007 West End and 2008 Broadway productions of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus,” winning the award for Best Leading Actor at the Annual Theatre Fan Choice Awards, organized by Broadway World, as well as Best Leading Actor and Breakthrough Performance Awards at the Broadway.com Audience Awards. He also garnered Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for his performance in the play. The London and Broadway productions of “Equus” were directed by Thea Sharrock and also starred Richard Griffiths.

A lifelong fan of “The Simpsons,” Radcliffe has lent his voice twice to the show. First, to the character of a brooding vampire named Edmund for the show’s “Treehouse of Horror XXI” special, entitled “Tweenlight,” which aired in 2010. He then voiced the character Diggs, a new transfer student whom Bart befriends. Previously, Radcliffe made a guest appearance as himself in the award-winning HBO/BBC series “Extras” starring Ricky Gervais. He recently lent his voice to “Robot Chicken” and “BoJack Horseman.”

Radcliffe is a spokesperson for The Trevor Project which awarded him the Trevor Hero Award. He recorded several PSAs and met with their volunteers and participated in training with the Trevor Youth Advisory Council. He is actively vocal about equality and suicide prevention in LGBT youth.

Watch LIVE as the Hollywood Chamber honors Daniel Radcliffe on www.walkoffame.com.

Cirque Du Soleil’s Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosites Premier coming to Dodger Stadium on Dec. 10, 2015, Now Playing at he OC Fair and Event Center through Nov. 29

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

Los Angeles, OC, Calif. – Cirque Du Soleil’s Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosites Premier is coming to Dodger Stadium on Dec. 10, 2015.  The fantasy is Cirque Du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984 Kurios is now playing at he OC Fair and Event Center through Nov. 29.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes.

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

What if by engaging our imagination and opening our minds we could unlock the door to a world of wonders?

About the show

KURIOS™ – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. Cabinets of curiosities are the ancestors of museums, also known as cabinet of wonder in the Renaissance Europe. Aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science formed collections of historical relics, works of art or mysterious travel souvenirs or artifacts. KURIOS™ – Cabinet of Curiosities has a cast of 46 artists from 15 different countries. About 60 percent of the artists have already worked with Cirque du Soleil before.

https://nliven.cirquedusoleil.com/tickets/Series/KURLA

 

Cirque Du Soleil's Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosites now playing at the OC Fair and Event Center through Nov. 29. Premier event is coming to Dodger Stadium on Dec. 10, 2015.
Cirque Du Soleil’s Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosites now playing at the OC Fair and Event Center through Nov. 29. Premier event is coming to Dodger Stadium on Dec. 10, 2015.KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.

 

Tickets for KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities in Los Angeles
at Dodger Stadium

From December 10, 2015 to February 7, 2016

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre November 13 – 22, 2015

Hollywood, Calif. – The Award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns by popular demand to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited engagement; November 13 – 22, 2015. This production, produced by NETworks Presentations, launched in February 2010 and has been seen nearly 3 million people while playing over 1,500 performances in all 50 United States and 8 Canadian Provinces.

Brooke Quintana as Belle and the cast of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Brooke Quintana as Belle and the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew MurphHollywood, Calif. – The Award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns by popular demand to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited engagement; November 13 – 22, 2015. This production, produced by NETworks Presentations, launched in February 2010 and has been seen nearly 3 million people while playing over 1,500 performances in all 50 United States and 8 Canadian Provinces.


Sam Hartley stars as The Beast with Brooke Quintana as Belle in Disney's Beauty and The Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Sam Hartley stars as The Beast with Brooke Quintana as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production.  The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries.

For more information, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Deliver Extra Dazzle with the Diamond Celebration, Nov. 13 Through Jan. 6

 ‘Paint the Night’ Parade, ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks and ‘World of Color: Celebrate!’ Bring More Merriment to Holidays 2015 at the Disneyland Resort   

 ANAHEIM, Calif.  – Disneyland Resort will deliver the Holidays with a shimmering sprinkle of Diamond Celebration pixie dust this year beginning Friday, Nov. 13, as holiday festivities are added to the ongoing 60th anniversary celebration. The holiday season will offer unforgettable entertainment, attractions, food and gift items day and night at the Disneyland Resort through Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.

IT’S A SMALL WORLD” HOLIDAY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will discover how the spirit of the season unites cultures across the globe as they sail through “it’s a small world” Holiday, just one of the many festive features at the Disneyland park during the holidays. The Holidays are a magical time to create unforgettable memories with loved ones at the Disneyland Resort. This merry season runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2016, as Disneyland park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland with festive décor, holiday-themed treats and attractions transformed for the season – “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, the Diamond Celebration adds even more sparkle to the exciting entertainment, which includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” “Paint the Night” nighttime parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
IT’S A SMALL WORLD” HOLIDAY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will discover how the spirit of the season unites cultures across the globe as they sail through “it’s a small world” Holiday, just one of the many festive features at the Disneyland park during the holidays. The Holidays are a magical time to create unforgettable memories with loved ones at the Disneyland Resort. This merry season runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2016, as Disneyland park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland with festive décor, holiday-themed treats and attractions transformed for the season – “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, the Diamond Celebration adds even more sparkle to the exciting entertainment, which includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” “Paint the Night” nighttime parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

 

 

 

 

MAJESTIC CHRISTMAS TREE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Just for the Holidays, a towering Christmas tree stands 60 feet tall at Town Square at Disneyland Park, fully adorned with nearly 2,000 ornaments and 800 handmade bows. The Holidays are a magical time to create unforgettable memories with loved ones at the Disneyland Resort. This merry season runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2016, as Disneyland Park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland with festive décor, holiday-themed treats and attractions transformed for the season – “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, the Diamond Celebration adds even more sparkle to the exciting entertainment, which includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” “Paint the Night” nighttime parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
MAJESTIC CHRISTMAS TREE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Just for the Holidays, a towering Christmas tree stands 60 feet tall at Town Square at Disneyland Park, fully adorned with nearly 2,000 ornaments and 800 handmade bows. The Holidays are a magical time to create unforgettable memories with loved ones at the Disneyland Resort. This merry season runs Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2016, as Disneyland Park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland with festive décor, holiday-themed treats and attractions transformed for the season – “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. This year, the Diamond Celebration adds even more sparkle to the exciting entertainment, which includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” “Paint the Night” nighttime parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

In addition to traditional Disneyland Resort holiday attractions like “it’s a small world” HolidayHaunted Mansion Holiday“Disney ¡Viva Navidad!”  and “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, guests at the Disneyland Resort will enjoy all of the spectacular new nighttime Diamond Celebration spectaculars: “Paint the Night” parade  and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks in Disneyland Park, plus “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” in Disney California Adventure Park, which will be presented most nights along with the popular holiday version, “World of Color – Winter Dreams.”

 

 

Holiday time at the Disneyland Resort has become an annual tradition for many guests, filled with the merriment and magical memories of the season. This year, the sparkling excitement of Diamond Celebration décor and entertainment adds to the holiday excitement throughout the resort. Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure bring extra glitter to the season with diamond highlights on their facades.

The Disneyland Resort holiday traditions include soaring Christmas trees in Town Square, Disneyland, and Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure, along with visits by Santa Claus to both parks, and holiday food and merchandise items. Additional highlights include:

In Disneyland:

  • “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a Disneyland holiday treasure, presents Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and an array of Disney characters celebrating the holiday season. The daytime parade features 100-plus performers including Santa Claus, who brings jolly holiday wishes from the North Pole. After dark, the Diamond Celebration “Paint the Night” parade will bring its own brand of glittering magic to Disneyland, with dazzling special effects, unforgettable music, energetic performances and spectacular floats. The luminescent parade creates a river of color flowing down Main Street, U.S.A., with an array of Disney characters and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights,
  • “Disneyland Forever” – The dazzling, new fireworks spectacular “Disneyland Forever” is a street-to-sky, immersive experience like nothing seen before at the Disneyland Resort, with pyrotechnics, original music and viewing locations throughout Disneyland Park. Guests will be surrounded by the worlds of timeless Disney tales, from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects.
  • it’s a small world” Holiday offers a worldwide celebration of the season, with more than 300.000 twinkling lights on the attraction’s façade. Inside, animated dolls representing children of many nations are dressed in holiday attire, singing holiday songs as well as the classic “It’s a Small World After All.”
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a spooky but lighthearted mashup of the Halloween and Christmas holidays as imagined by Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures animated classic Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Continuing an annual tradition, a new gingerbread house is created each year for the Mansion, adding a humorous touch to the ballroom scene. This year, the gingerbread house design features gingerbread men constructing a teetering “house of cards.”
  • Jingle Cruise, an instantly popular addition in 2014, returns to take adventurous guests on a fun-filled expedition. They discover a cargo of holiday gifts and decorations that have been jettisoned over the jungles of the celebrated Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland.

In Disney California Adventure:

  • For the first time, two splendid versions of the “World of Color” spectacular will be presented most nights during the Holiday season, on Paradise BayThe nighttime water show with animation, film, music, fountains and special effects is fully programmable, allowing guests to enjoy different experiences. The holiday-themed show, “World of Color − Winter Dreams,” features Olaf the snowman along with classic winter scenes from beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar films such as “Bambi,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen,” the blockbuster Disney film. For the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, “World of Color – Celebrate” pays a fun, colorful, surprise-filled tribute to Walt Disney, whose fertile imagination led to the creation of Disneyland and so many beloved characters. Guests may check the park schedule for show times.
  • “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” is a daily celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions with music, dancing, vibrant colors and delicious food. Disney characters join the fun in the lively “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party.”
  • “Olaf’s Snow Fest” celebrates its return to Hollywood Land with Olaf, the comical snowman from “Frozen.” Stage 17 is transformed into a charming castle courtyard inspired by the “Frozen” kingdom of Arendelle. Kids of all ages have fun in a giant wintry play area with real snow where they are encouraged to build snow creations and zip down a snow slide. Guests who wish to observe the icy fun will have a nearby viewing area. Music and storytelling entertainment will be presented throughout the day.
  • The residents of Radiator Springs will welcome guests with a “snowcar” at the entrance of Cars Land. Each address along the roadway into the land – Flo’s V8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-In, Cozy Cone Motel and more – will feature holiday decorations reflecting the personalities of the “Cars” character who lives there.
  • Flik and his buddies decorate “a bug’s land” with giant Christmas lights and holiday ornaments, adding to the festive spirit.

In the Downtown Disney District, guests may take a break from their holiday shopping and dining to go skating on “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink.” The Downtown Disney Winter Village around the ice rink will offer shoppers holiday gift items sold from the windows of the charming village houses.

For more information about Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com or visit www.DisneyParksBlog.com. These sites are updated regularly.

89TH ANNUAL MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE USHERS IN THE SEASON WITH THE NATION’S FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVENT, NOV. 26 ON NBC

 

America’s favorite holiday tradition will once again kick off the season of joy as the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to march down the streets of New York on Thursday, Nov. 26 (9 a.m.-noon in all time zones.) Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” will anchor the broadcast.
America’s favorite holiday tradition will once again kick off the season of joy as the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to march down the streets of New York on Thursday, Nov. 26 (9 a.m.-noon in all time zones.) Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” will anchor the broadcast.

NEW YORK  – America’s favorite holiday tradition will once again kick off the season of joy as the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to march down the streets of New York on Thursday, Nov. 26 (9 a.m.-noon in all time zones.) Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” will anchor the broadcast. As millions celebrate the holiday with family and friends, more than 8,000 participants – including clowns, balloon handlers and marching bands – will travel through Manhattan to the sound of the iconic catchphrase “Let’s Have a Parade”. With more than 3.5 million spectators and over 50 million television viewers nationwide, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s most celebrated and anticipated holiday treat.

Stars of film, television, stage, sports and music will provide the nation first-class performances. Joining the festivities this year are Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Mariah Carey, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Cirque du Soleil, Daughtry, Andra Day, Andy Grammer, Sandra Lee, Shawn Mendes, MercyMe, MIPSO, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Jennifer Nettles, NHL legends Mark and Marty Howe, Jake Owen, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, Rachel Platten, Questlove with the cast & the Muppets of “Sesame Street”, Prince Royce, the cast of Broadway’s “School of Rock,” Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, Chica and the gang from Sprout and Train. Joining the parade as a signature element kicking off the holiday season will be the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. The national broadcast would not be complete without showcasing the best theatrical productions. Set for a 34th Street performance will be “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Finding Neverland,” “The King & I,” “On Your Feet!” and “Something Rotten.” In addition, spectators will get a sneak preview performance from NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” which premieres Thursday, Dec. 3 (8 p.m. ET/PT). “We’re thrilled to continue the time-honored tradition of broadcasting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment.  “This year’s event promises to once again kick off the holiday season for families across the country with an incredible spectacle from the streets of New York.”

Since its origin in 1924, the Macy’s Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season, introducing a cherished march of magic that has dazzled generations of fans. For the 89th edition, the famed spectacle’s line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 24 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers; and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus. “The 89th edition of Macy’s famed holiday procession promises to deliver an unrivaled spectacle of magic for  millions of spectators lining the streets of New York City and millions more watching it unfold in homes across the nation,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “From our signature giant character balloons to our floats of wonder, not to mention the nation’s best marching bands, whimsical clowns, celebrities and the big man himself – Santa Claus; the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will continue to delight audiences of all ages, as together we celebrate the start of the holiday season.”

GIANTS IN THE SKY The parade’s signature giant character balloons have showcased the world’s most beloved cultural characters since the late 1920s. Evolving from a simple paper sketch to giant wonders on Thanksgiving morning, the balloons are transformed by Macy’s “Balloonatics” into high-flying art. This year four new giant characters will take center stage including Angry Birds’ Red by Rovio Entertainment; the pre-historic and legendary DINO by Sinclair Oil; Ice Age’s Scrat and his Acorn by Twentieth Century Fox; and Ronald McDonald debuting in his fourth whimsical giant balloon. Returning characters include Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty, “How to Train Your Dragon’s” Toothless, PADDINGTON, Pikachu, Pillsbury, Doughboy, “Skylanders” Eruptor, Snoopy & Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and Thomas the Tank Engine. Returning balloonicles (a Macy’s Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) include the famed-spokesduck the Aflac Duck and the supercool KOOL-AID Man. FLOATING ON AIR Macy’s floating wonders create a collection of magic and imaginative delights that dazzle and transport spectators. These stages are created by Macy’s Parade Studio’s team of designers, carpenters, painters, animators, metal fabricators and electricians, who work all year to bring the idea on a sketch pad to towering reality.

Macy’s Parade floats are often three-stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12-½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to safely travel from the New Jersey studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel. This year’s six new floats include “Big City Cheer!” by Spirit of America Productions, “The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC” by Kentucky Fried Chicken, “The Cranberry Cooperative” by Ocean Spray, “Discover Adventure!” by Build-a-Bear, “Heartwarming Holiday Countdown” by Hallmark Channel and celebrating the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Snoopy’s Doghouse” by Peanuts Worldwide. The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street; Big Apple (N.Y. Daily News); At the Ball Game (Cracker Jack); Dreamseeker (Cirque du Soleil); Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate; Frozen Fall Fun (Discover); Free to Play (Sprout); Girl-Powered Spinning Machine (GoldieBlox); It’s All Rock & Roll (Gibson Brands); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride (South Dakota Department of Tourism); On the Roll Again (Homewood Suites by Hilton); Santa’s Sleigh; Santaland Express; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations (Domino Sugar); Stone Forest of Kunming, China (Sino-American Friendship Association); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon); Tom Turkey; Treasure Hunt (Pirate’s Booty); Winter Wonderland in Central Park (Delta Air Lines); and A World at Sea (Royal Caribbean International). Completing the lineup will be a vintage 1924 Ford Model T Fire Truck, along with the FDNY Pipes & Drums in celebration of their 150th anniversary. In addition, the “Casa Fresca Café” float by Avocados From Mexico will entice and delight spectators with a tasty and fun fiesta. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE… Marching bands are a central piece of the Thanksgiving delights, bringing national excitement and hometown pride to the streets of the Big Apple, not to mention the musical beat to the holiday revelry.

Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan, creating a wave of thunderous applause. Joining the fun are Gulf Coast High School (Naples, FL), Lewis Cass High School (Walton, IN), Munford High School (Munford, TN), Nogales High School (La Puente, CA), North Hardin High School (Radcliff, KY), Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL), University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), Walled Lake Central High School (Walled Lake, MI), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York,). Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Macy’s Great American Marching Band will welcome back a selection of alumni band members, in addition to a new class of more than 250 elite high school marching band students from across the country. Specialty Parade entertainment always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation’s finest performance groups. This year, special groups include the 610 Stompers (New Orleans, LA), Brooklyn Jumbies (Brooklyn, NY), J.U.M.P. jump rope team (Strongsville, OH) and the Kruti Dance Academy (Duluth, GA). Completing the performance groups are the Spirit of America Cheer and the Spirit of America Dance Stars, which both feature 550 of the nation’s best cheerleaders and most thrilling dancers. AN INSIDER’S LOOK For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should check Macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, animated videos and other exclusive content. Fans can also download the free 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade app to interact with the holiday tradition, learn more about the elements and share content with friends.

The one-stop mobile destination for everything about the Macy’s Parade will be available from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play. The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than eight decades and is one which continues to this day. Please note: All talent, performances, line-up and information included are subject to change.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken serves as producer and Ron DeMoraes directs.

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